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Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono BandAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009RH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why
2. Why Not
3. Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City
4. AOS
5. Touch Me
6. Paper Shoes
7. Open Your Box
8. Something More Abstract
9. The South Wind

Editorial Reviews

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Universally, Yoko's P.O.B. album was seen as an extreme affront against propriety and possibly civilization! Something so revolutionary should have been applauded by the free-thinking radicals, but they were not as free as they pretended to be. There is a cultural context to Yoko's vocal style on songs like "Why" and "Why Not," that was derived from the operas of Alban Berg as well as from hetai, a style of straining your voice for a Kabuki performance, and just plain anguish. Her use of composing songs through improvisation was picked up from her jazz friends, Ornette Coleman and others. Originally released to almost universal disdain in 1970, critics now declare this album as laying the groundwork for the punk revolution of 1976. David Browne, Entertainment Weekly, has credited Yoko with "launching a hundred or more female alternative rockers, like Kate Pierson of the B-52s to current thrashers like L7 and Courtney Love of Hole."

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary March 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Yoko Ono's "Plastic Ono Band" was released to coincide with her husband, John Lennon's, album of the same name. The cover art is almost identical (with a few subtle differences), and, believe it or not, so is the musical content.
The trick to listening to any Yoko album is not to approach it expecting pop music. Approach it with an open mind, open ears, and open heart. That said, certainly, John's "P.O.B." is much more accessible than Yoko's, but equally as harrowing. Both are powerful, direct, counterphobic assaults on pain and outrage. Key difference here: Yoko's "P.O.B." contains no actual words. She expresses herself here through wordless howls and largely improvised musical arrangements. Musically, she anticipates punk by almost five years (don't believe me? Check out "Why" and then try to argue your point with me!), and completely burns the barriers of what's allowed and what's not in music.
If you like the typical song structure (verse-chorus-verse-verse-chorus-break-middle-eight-chorus-out) and nothing else, "Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band" is not for you, stay far away from this album. But, if you're looking to give your eardrums a break from the formulaic schlock on the radio these days and listen to something truly innovative, get this one. Follow the booklet's advice: play it in the dark.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still a good album December 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Most people will hate this album, after all it features yoko screetching and snorting and soaring over Lennon's hard line guitar and Ringo's solid drumming. mmmm
There are other explorations here with rhythm and voice. Most of the time Ono manages to sound like a synthesiser, and to stretch what people could do with their voices on rock records. Sure not all the album is great - the 16 minute bonus track south wind could have easily been left in her apartment where it was made, and AOS sounds like almost everyother peice of sixties avante guarde. But that still leaves you a lot of passionate noise and rythm.
Anyone who likes experimental rock should have this in their collection.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it! February 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This music rocks! It doesn't sound Beatles at all - more like some odd combination of John Lennon's Plastic Ono sound and a noise band.
Listen to the opening track "Why", though...the bass and drums really lay down a groove, the guitar is dissonant, and Yoko's voice is crazy, agressive, and confident. It's like nothing else you'll hear, but it's all done so well. I think it's worth picking up.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Rock? May 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane's later work or Charles Gayle are labeled "free jazz," this album could be called "free rock." Yoko Ono's previous albums were just noodling with tapes and knobs with John Lennon (some of it excellent, like "Life with the Lions," some of it quite mundane, boring, and as many of her detractors would say, irritating). "Plastic Ono Band," while not as lyrically cathartic as her husbands counterpart, Ono's backup band here (John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman) and her scream commit 110% to Janov's primal scream therapy. Highlights include "Why" (do you think Thurston Moore listened to this before he formed Sonic Youth?) and "Aos" with Ornette Coleman on trumpet. Warning, this album is not for everybody. For the tame, it might cause yr ears to bleed.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time January 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
November 9th 1966 was quite an auspicious day for John Lennon, and for the rest of the world in some small way, because when walked into London's Indica Gallery he met Yoko Ono. The lives of both were forever altered by the other, perhaps more so for Lennon as Yoko introduced him to the avant-garde art world from a perspective that was wholly new to him, and a world beyond Beatledom.

Four years later the albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band were simultaneously unleashed on Apple, the name of the label inspired by Yoko Ono, each featuring matching photos of John and Yoko under a tree on the front cover and a photograph of them as a child on the reverse. Both albums explore the themes of basics, innocence and childhood. On the John Lennon album, Yoko is credited with "wind".

John Lennon's first solo album after splitting from the Beatles obviously had an inbuilt importance, and probably outsold the Yoko Ono album many thousands of times over, but Yoko's was probably the more innovative and ahead of its time, and still sounds heady, fresh and exciting today.

The album starts with the sound of a tape machine being turned on and the sizzling rhythm section of Klaus Voormann and Ringo Starr begins, abetted by the sounds of John Lennon's screaming guitar in a style far more liberated than on any Beatle record. When Yoko comes in, screaming the title of the song, "Why" (the only discernable fragment of lyric on the whole album), we realize that Lennon's guitar has been cleverly mimicking and anticipating Yoko's vocal, which has an awesome ferocity and intensity, and in that moment she redefines the role of woman in music for generations to come. The following track, appropriately, is Why Not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God this is still around
the sound is wonderful and the album is as fresh as it was the first time i heard it in 1970 .
Published 4 months ago by Robert W. Dudek
4.0 out of 5 stars John who?
Forget anything John Lennon ever wrote! It's all mundane at best! Yoko has some powerful material on this album as well as the Double Fantasy album! Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by David H. Chandler
1.0 out of 5 stars this blows
cant beleive a genius like john would even associate his music with this asian goofball
this is not even close to art or music its just plain garbage and yoko is an... Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by John A. Loper Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars wow
This album is everything everyone says it is. Lennon plays guitar like a cross between himself, Sonny Sharrock and Derek Bailey. Read more
Published on December 22, 2010 by Reader and Writer
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
this album is like no other. i listen to it at home often and i listen to it driving in my car. yoko's vocals are free and daring but seem specific and carefully placed. Read more
Published on June 19, 2009 by bobby cormier
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed but worthwhile
Why and Greenfield Morning are two of the most interesting songs to come out of that era, and deserve a listen. Read more
Published on May 14, 2009 by J. Jeude
REVIEW: Released simultaneously with husband John's own "PLASTIC ONO BAND" LP (both issued in similar packaging): Yoko Ono's first real solo album is just as emotionally intense... Read more
Published on February 10, 2009 by prospero72
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat S*&% all you negative reviewers
What's not to like about Yoko. She's like no other, unique, creative, and not afraid to churn out new material over and over, after all these closed minded reviewers that... Read more
Published on January 16, 2009 by J. R. Beal
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Anguish.
Any listener who attempts to judge this in terms of ordinary rock/pop is in my opinion, and idiot. Yoko produces some of the most organic, human and frighteningly beautiful sounds... Read more
Published on October 13, 2008 by WILLIE A YOUNG II
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
I just found out about this CD (album) when I watched the DVD about the making of John's first album. Read more
Published on July 16, 2008 by Alan Riva
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